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"Eloquent, provocative, and timely, these essays provide a thoughtful, undoctrinaire defense of the centrality of the humanities to higher education--and society--at the millennium."--Cora Kaplan, University of Southampton The crisis in the humanities and higher education intensifies daily. The partisan din drowns out the voices of those thinkers who have resisted the seductions of strong ideology. Against the tendencies of the extreme attacks on higher education from the right and the counterattacks from the left, many academics would prefer to get beyond critical fashions and easy slogans. In this collection, leading scholars demonstrate how the current furor threatens the critical analysis of culture, so vital to a healthy society. They explore the historical sources of the crisis, the relations between politics and research, the responsibilities and possibilities of the academic intellectual, the structure of the institution of the university, the functions and achievements of the humanities, and the development of interdisciplinarity as a catalyst for change. This volume is a necessary resource for understanding the current crisis and for transforming the academy as we approach the twenty-first century. The contributors are Jonathan Arac, Lauren Berlant, Peter Brooks, Roman de la Campa, Myra Jehlen, Stanley Katz, Richard Kramer, Dominick LaCapra, George Levine, Ellen Messer-Davidow, Helene Moglen, Bill Readings, and Bruce Robbins. E. Ann Kaplan is the director of The Humanities Institute at the State University of New York at Stony Brook
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813524191
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1997
  • Series: Millennial Shifts Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Theory after Theory: Institutional Questions 21
Research Without a Theory: Working in Academia 34
The Scholar-Teacher, the University, and Society 46
From What Subject-Position(s) Should One Address the Politics of Research? 59
Cultural Studies, Globalization, and Neoliberalism 69
Less Disciplinary Than Thou: Criticism and the Conflict of the Faculties 93
Shop Window or Laboratory: Collection, Collaboration, and the Humanities 116
History Beside the Fact: What We Learn from A True and Exact History of Barbadoes 127
Feminism and the Institutions of Intimacy 143
How Can We Keep on Doing This?: Reflections on Graduate Education in the Humanities 162
Not to Hear the Italian Symphony 170
Losing Their Edge: Radical Studies from the Seventies to the Nineties 181
Dollars for Scholars: The Real Politics of Humanities Scholarship and Programs 193
Notes on Contributors 235
Index 239
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